Song For A Lonely Internationalist

from by Clare O'Connor & Corbin Murdoch

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A hole is cut into razor wire
A flame is set in a stack of tires
A streak of white cuts the inky black
An arc retraced as they hurl it back

You flew across an ocean to take a photograph
To reaffirm a truth that we just couldn’t seem to grasp
But when you came back home you found the argument had shifted
We seem to reinvent the wheel with each atrocity committed

I know you you’re still haunted by things that you’ve seen
Ducking the bullets on the streets of Jenin
The first time you wondered if you’d make it home
When you put down your camera and picked up a stone

The cigarettes you smuggled from the European Union
Helped convince your sources that you weren’t in collusion
Ate olives in the sun, tried to avoid undue attention
Calculated risk, will it be death or just detention?

I know you you’re still haunted by things that you saw
Caged in queue at Qalandiya
Tell me where do you feel most alone
Overseas, or back at home?

A hole is cut into razor wire
A flame is set in a stack of tires
A streak of white cuts the inky black
An arc retraced as they hurl it back

20 years ago I guess it would be Nicaragua
Shooting photos of insurgents from a rooftop in Managua
40 years ago I guess you’d be in Vietnam
Stonewalled by the proxies in the green zones of Saigon

I know you you’re still haunted by things that you saw
in a Gaza City hospital
You don’t have to tell me, just know that you can
Won’t try to pretend that I understand

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from Work Songs, released March 24, 2015

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Clare O'Connor & Corbin Murdoch Vancouver, British Columbia

Equal parts earnest and incisive, Work Songs is an album by Clare O'Connor and Corbin Murdoch. Originally composed for the theatre, it is a song-cycle that asks what we can salvage from personal loss and political despair.

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